By Paul Gleiser | August 31, 2008 | Print This
Even though the Gulf Coast is over 1,300 miles from St. Paul, MN, the approach of Hurricane Gustav is being felt nonetheless here at the GOP convention.
Earlier today (Sunday) the Republican National Committee announced that much of what was scheduled for Monday will be cancelled. Only the actions required by party rules and those actions necessary to legally qualify Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin to be on the ballot in all 50 states will take place.
Here is a part of the RNC statement:
Rick Davis, campaign manager for McCain 2008, announced that the upcoming Republican National Nominating Convention is making serious revisions to the convention program and surrounding activities. Davis said, “We are deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of the residents of the Gulf State region. Our top priority is to assist those who will be affected by Hurricane Gustav. This is not a time for politics or celebration; it is a time for us to come together as Americans and assist the residents of the Gulf States.”
Davis also discussed what the changes in the program will mean for the nomination process. “In order for the Republican Party to officially exist and for Senator McCain to qualify for the ballot, we are – by law – required to conduct specific official business. At this point, our program on Monday has been scaled back and will only include what party rules governing the nomination of our candidates for president and vice president require. We will perform the official business as required. In addition, we have set aside time to make delegates and Americans watching our proceedings at home aware of what they can do to assist in relief efforts designed to help those who will be affected by Hurricane Gustav.”
A DC-9 has been chartered by the McCain campaign to transport delegates and officials from states potentially affected by Hurricane Gustav to Jackson, MS from which they can arrange transportation to their respective homes.
We are here in St. Paul and keeping track of things as they change.